Walk a Mile in Their Shoes 2023 Raises over $155,000 for survivors of gender-based violence
We did it, Hamilton and Halton!
The community came together once again this week to support survivors of violence at our 14th annual Walk a Mile in Their Shoes fundraiser. More than 400 walkers from 52 teams gathered at the City Hall forecourt for a day filled with music, dancing, reflections, red shoes, and expressions of solidarity for women, girls, and gender-diverse people.
The event, emceed by Lohifa Pogoson Acker, featured a performance by renowned local drag artist Kenadie St James, who also led participants on the walk through Hamilton’s downtown core. The event also featured prizes for top fundraiser (Chris Farias), top YWCA Hamilton Staff Fundraiser (Danielle Donville), biggest team (Alectra Utlities) and top team fundraiser (St. Joe’s ED and Friends) as well as remarks from Mayor Andrea Horwath and YWCA CEO Medora Uppal.
“With the rise in hate and violence we’re seeing in our world, it’s particularly important for us to come together in support of survivors,” Uppal said. “Thanks to the generosity of the community, we will continue to be able to offer much-needed services, supports, and advocacy to women, girls and gender-diverse people experiencing violence.”
The event raised an incredible $155,000 and counting from over 1,200 donations, surpassing our $150,000 goal.
This huge accomplishment would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors – particularly presenting sponsor Labourers International Union of North America (LiUNA) and LiUNA Local 837.
“Gender based violence must hold no space, in any space! LiUNA is a strong partner in all aspects of community building, working collaboratively with the YWCA and partners to build safe, vibrant and resilient paths forward,” said Joseph Mancinelli, LiUNA International Vice President and Canadian Director.
“We are once again proud to return as Presenting Sponsors of Walk A Mile and stand together as one community against gender-based violence.”
To see more from the event, view our online gallery.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your support, Hamilton and Halton! Together, we can continue to fight back against gender-based violence.